A BRAVE father-of-four chased off a burglar after finding him inside his home – despite the thief threatening to stab him twice.
Darren Wilkins, 38, of Apple Tree Way, Oswaldtwistle, was relaxing watching TV when he heard a noise coming from his kitchen.
Mr Wilkins said: "I was sitting in the lounge watching TV at around 12.40am when I heard the blind at the kitchen window bang.
"As soon as I opened the door I saw a man climbing in through the window and shouted at him to get out."
Mr Wilkins, a night manager at Sainsbury’s in Burnley, confronted him in the kitchen and said the intruder threatened to stab him.
He then chased the would-be burglar, who again threatened him with the knife.
Mr Wilkins said: "To be honest, I wasn’t scared for me. It was my family I was worried about. At work we chase shoplifters all the time and they always issue threats. It’s what they do.
"What worried me was that my 13-year-old son, whose bedroom is downstairs, would have been on his own if I’d not been up."
Mr Wilkins, who has lived in the house for seven years with his wife Katherine and children Kieran, 16, Sam, 13, Isabel, seven and Elliot, two, chased the thief until he knew he was too far away to catch him and went home to protect his family and call the police.
When the police arrived they spotted a man close to the scene who, when they approached him, threw down a 10 -inch kitchen knife.
l The following day 28-year-old David Arthur Hudson appeared at Blackburn Magistrates.
Hudson, gave an address in Rochdale but was bailed to Princess Street, Great Harwood, after pleading guilty to burglary with intent to steal at a house in Apple Tree Way, Oswaldtwistle, and possessing an offensive weapon.
He asked for four other offences of dwelling house burglary, three in Oswaldtwistle and one in Accrington, to be taken into consideration.
Magistrates granted him bail after committing him to Preston Crown Court for sentence because they felt their powers of punishment were not sufficient.
Alex Mann, prosecuting, said: "This is a man who has committed a house burglary at night while carrying a knife and the public would certainly be reassured to know he isn’t roaming the streets."
Mrs Mann said Hudson’s previous convictions included possessing an offensive weapon in 1996, offensive weapon and affray in 1999, assault in 2001, affray, offensive weapon and burglary in 2001 and actual bodily harm and offensive weapon in 2005.
Hudson was remanded on bail with conditions of an electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 6am, residence at the Great Harwood address and reporting to the police station three times a week.